Archive for March, 2010

Who are they?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The title of this book is taken from a meeting held at the White House on March 27, 2009. In attendance were the heads of thirteen major U.S. banks (as well as representatives of two banking industry associations). The thirteen bankers, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, were: Ken Chenault, American Express Ken Lewis, [...]

Geographie Nocturne by La Main a Plume

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

As we have said recently some people have published a “new” surrealist review. It seems it is the same old surrealist stuff that was done after the second world war. Flowery language, suit-case words (mots-valises) as they say in French. The so-called surrealists of today indeed carry alot of luggage. When Breton and Co came [...]

‘Against every anti-Semitism!’

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 Anti-Semitic terror against the state of Israel is a saddening part of daily life. A large share of the international community has picked Israel as their main enemy and even in Austria and Germany anti-Semitic assaults, propaganda and other misdeeds are on the rise again. Given such a constellation and the historical necessity of [...]

The ‘proletarian revolution’ – an inadequate answer to radical yearnings

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Leaving the French Communist Party

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

After 38 years of loyal services Patrick Braouezec -and a few other people- has had enough of the PCF. according to him it is not “transformable”. Braouezec is an MP for Seine-Saint Denis, outside Paris. The present crisis has forced people to reconsider their political positions and their theory. The PCF is stuck in the [...]

Keep Calm and Carry on! A very English version of Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

A television station in Georgia triggers mass panic when it broadcasts a mock half-hour report about a Russian invasion of the country. Not to be outdone, a school headmaster in Worstershire, England, organises a ‘role play’ with a crazed gunman shooting down a member of staff in front of the schools’ children. Don’t the critics [...]

On the Fifth Afghan war

Friday, March 26th, 2010

“The Afghan army has discredited itself by looting the bazar of the town that the American marines had just retaken” on the 9th of March 2010, an editorial of the New York Times related the behaviour of the Afghani troops in the “commercial center” of the  town of Marjah, after the American offensive”. (Source: Le [...]

‘What monkey don’t see, monkey don’t have to face’

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

“Britain has to develop a more dynamic private sector that can generate jobs and compete internationally. Without it the prospects for employment and economic activity in many parts of the country will be dire” – Will Hutton celebrating Alistair Darling’s ‘brave’ budget in today’s Guardian newspaper. Will Hutton, celebrated neo-Keynesian economist who, it appears, has [...]

The Pope of Darkness: ‘writing is the opposite of working’

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

George Bataille’s cold anthropological eye surveyed the World, and so many were seduced by his clinical attention to detail; he became a touch-stone for many of the postmodernist theorists. His aristocratic distaste for the world that met his gaze shares a lot with the other high-priest of po-mo, Jacques Lacan. Bataille’s wholly personal liberation from [...]

Green Grundrisse – ‘freedom’, the motorcar and environmental destruction

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Following a spate of articles and letters in the press about the lives of Colin Ward, John Rety and fellow traveller Charlie Gillett, the theory of freedom that is so central to the anarchist critique has received fresh attention. In fact alongside consumer society’s emphasis on freedom as the freedom to be a functionary of [...]